Identity is an ambiguous complex that evolves throughout each individuals’ life. It develops as we grow and learn through our lived experiences. Identity is something that I believe is never at rest, throughout my academic career this has proven to be true. As I am introduced to and educated in the history of my ancestors, los Mestizos, the doors to a whole new part of who I am opened up. My perspectives changed, my attitudes and beliefs shifted and the passion for my culture sparked. I was a young lady, a student, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a spouse, however now, I am altogether that and much more. I belong to a history, a people, a culture. I am not only me, I am all of us, I now represent part of that everlasting image of those who have sacrificed, suffered, protested, and represented the entire community of Mestizos and their Chicanx offspring.

I use my interpretation of Coatlicue, the Aztec goddess, as a representation of my identities’ continuous evolving state. The mother of the sun, the moon and the stars. The mother who creates and destroys, she is powerful. Like her, I create new and transparent narratives of my history through my art, in an attempt to destroy negative stereotypes and perspectives perpetuated by the non Chicanx population. I believe with the strength and admiration given to the female figure in the past I can prevail now in the present. I tie my identity with my beginnings and by doing so I can become a voice for my community and create my own protests while embracing every inch of who I am and will become.
Jessica D. Villegas is a multidisciplinary artist based in the Rio Grande Valley. Studying to recieve her Bachelors Degree in studio art at the University of Rio Grande Valley. She focuses on border culture and the social, economic and political issues that surround the Southwest. 

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